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Feb 14, 2013 5:30pm PST
girlfriend. nbc's rehema ellis is here with us in the studio with the latest on this. rehema, good evening. >> good evening, brian. you cannot overstate how significant oscar pistorius is to people who will face obstacles and struggle to overcome them. he's a national hero in south africa. and that's why today's news is so devastating to so many. >> and there's the start, in a landbreaking moment. >> oscar pistorius marked a stunning achievement at the 2012 london olympics. >> oscar pistorius sets on his way in the first round of the 400 meters. >> today, the world was stunned again when the superstar athlete was arrested and charged with murder after his girlfriend was found shot at his upscale south african home. >> at this stage, we can confirm that a young woman did die on the scene of gunshot wounds. >> police say there are no other suspects. neighbors in the quiet gated community reported hearing noise coming from the home earlier in the evening. >> he's very well. obviously emotional, but he's fine, guys. >> the victim was reeva steenkamp, a law school graduate, and a famous south a
Feb 8, 2013 5:30pm PST
, rails, especially the sky. the air space is pretty much shut down. rehema ellis is at new york laguardia. she was ordered outside the airport when the inside was shut down late today. rehema, looks pretty quiet there. >> reporter: indeed, brian. this is how the storm is impacting travel. look here at one of the nation's busiest airports. new york's laguardia airport is virtually empty on a friday evening. the monitors inside the terminal tell the story. more than 1,800 cancellations at new york's area airports. connecticut's bradley international airport shut down earlier today. 4,700 flights were cancelled nationwide yesterday, today and tomorrow. good news for passengers. airlines waived the cancellation fees, hoping passengers would make other plans. overnight, 200 pieces of snow removal equipment will be used to clean the planes and runways, hoping to get operations back on track sometime sunday. and speaking of tracks, amtrak has shut down service between new york and boston earlier this afternoon with limited service tomorrow. and as ron mott mentioned, a travel ban is in place in
Jan 31, 2013 5:30pm PST
. our report from our chief education correspondent, rehema ellis. >> reporter: the college classroom is changing. courses from some of the world's most elite universities are now available to anyone for free. at a furious pace, schools are participating with start-up companies like coursera to deliver online courses. or m.o.o.k.s. >> much faster than any of us were expecting. we reached our first 1 million users faster than facebook. >> reporter: physics, poetry, astronomy, even guitar, all just a click away. university of virginia retooled his modern history course for this semester's online debut. the class usually open to 120 students saw enrollment soar. >> 42,000 students around the world. >> reporter: to put it in perspective, in order to reach the same number of students, this professor would have to teach his course here at the university of virginia for 350 years. since 2011, some 2.5 million students from hundreds of countries have signed on, even though m.o.o.k.s are not offered for credit and completion rates are low, some educators say the potential exists to revolutionize
Feb 8, 2013 6:30pm EST
making it hard to get around. brian? >> rehema ellis at a very quiet laguardia airport tonight. thanks. >>> as the "new york times" put it today, quote, perhaps any other year this nor'easter would have been met with little more than a shrug. but little more than 100 days after sandy decimated a huge part of the area, even hardened new yorkers are taking no chances this time. a lot of people getting prepared well in advance in case the power went out, some waiting more than an hour to get gasoline. some gasoline stations we found in new york and new jersey are already out of gas. weather channel meteorologist mike seidel is in revere beach, just north of boston. as we said, they are already getting the leading edge of this storm. hey, mike. >> hey, good evening, brian. out here on the north shore, we're already getting gusts to 50 miles per hour before the storm moves out tomorrow, we could see gusts to 70. the beaches and islands are going to take a big hit. major to moderate beach erosion. also look for extreme -- certainly extreme coastal flooding. tomorrow morning's high tide, the
Feb 8, 2013 8:00am PST
meteorologists across the northeast. al roker is in boston, rehema ellis is at laguardia airport. we want to start with bill karins. where is the worst of it now? >> the time is up for people in rhode island and connecticut. the snow is moving in. they are saying noon but it looks earlier than that. again, the snow is starting to blossom as the storm moves up the virginia coastline and it's heading northwards. we have six inches in maine and that's not even from the blizzard. they are going to get buried up there, especially coastal maine to rhode island. the green is the rain. new york city, a mixture of snow and rain. long island, now over to mostly rain. coastal areas of southern new england, it's going to be a battle. that's why your snow totals will be a lot less. the full-blown snowstorm begins from boston to the hartford area and definitely around prove d providence. that's when the storm will be the strongest. that's when we'll have the blizzard conditions, high tide cycle. very dangerous at 10:00 a.m. near boston. that's when the highest winds will be felt. storm surge of two to fou
Feb 9, 2013 5:30pm PST
fly or take the train. nbc's rehema ellis is at laguardia airport with more on that. rehema, good evening to you. >> reporter: good evening, lester. new york airports are getting back to the business of flying. but air travel is still far from normal tonight. there were more than 1800 cancellations at new york airports alone over the past few days, because of the storm. at one laguardia airport, about 20 stranded passengers spent the night sleeping on cots provided by the airlines. a few others camped out on the floor. the airport was virtually deserted. today, crews worked to dig out from under nearly a foot of snow at laguardia to get some flights operating again. amtrak passengers traveling between new york and boston, however, had no luck at all. as train service on that route was shut down again today. passengers we spoke to have been extremely patient and extremely understanding about all this. many of them saying it's because they had plenty of warning about what to expect. lester? >> all right, rehema, thanks. just where is this storm right now? the view from above shows i
Feb 8, 2013 8:00pm EST
correspondent rehema ellis. great to have you with us tonight. it's been a busy day out there at la guardia. what is the latest? >> reporter: the latest is here at the new york city area airports, ed we had some 1700 flights canceled as part of that 4700 you mentioned. and what you see behind me is basically an airport, one of the busiest airports in the country on a friday night, it is virtually empty. this is unheard of. and it is the threat of the storm that has gotten everybody to move out of here. and the airlines trying to encourage passengers to do the right thing. and that is change their plans. they waived the cancellation fees, hoping passengers would do that. i have to tell you, i think people got the memo, ed. >> was very light here at the airport as we saw cancellation, one after the other, all day today. the busiest part of the day here for folks at the airport was very early in the morning. i think some people were trying to get ahead of the storm and to get out on those early flights. right now virtually shut down. the airport was nice enough, they got about 60 cots that are
Feb 9, 2013 7:00am EST
rehema ellis, live at laguardia airport. we were surprised to learn that the airport stayed open, despite not having flights. >> u.s. a technicality i believe, alex, because as you can imagine, have you a flight destined to take off from miami, you are not having any weather problems there, so those folks would want to know that there is an airport technically open that can receive a flight in new york. a few minutes ago, i looked out. could see snow plows clearing the runways and there are no planes at the gates from the window where i was looking. this hallway behind me is the way to terminal d, the gates to terminal d for american airlines. the gate is closed. nothing leaving or coming in from this particular area right now. very quiet here. expectations they might be able to get the airport up and running, hopefully before the end of the day. new york's airport did not get hit with a amendment of snow that some were fearing, might be able to get things moving a lot faster than expected. some people who didn't get the word or couldn't afford to stay in a hotel slept in the air
Feb 8, 2013 3:00pm EST
and out of new york are halted. rehema ellis is at laguardia in queens and what do you have for us, rehema? >> reporter: not so busy right now. in fact, take a look around me. this is how the bliz ard is affecting one of the busiest airports in the country. follow me here to the monitor everybody checks on. everything in yellow, that's the color of the day. canceled all the way down. a lucky group of people now boarding. they might be one of the last flights out of laguardia. more than 3,000 flights canceled across the country. greater new york area. and the flights are going to be canceled tomorrow, as well. the airlines have tried to get ahead of the storm and they have also said to passengers, do the same. they have waved the fee that cancelation fee to make it easier and also less expensive for passengers to change their plans and at this point it is not much else will be flying out of this airport for the rest of the day. tomorrow, they say they're -- and during the night, they hope to have some 200 pieces of snow removal equipment at work making certain that the planes are cl
Feb 9, 2013 9:00am PST
better. >> okay. well, we like the positive spin at the end there, thank you very much, nbc's rehema ellis. >>> right now for 40,000 people in connecticut are still without power in hartford 22 inches of snow have accumulated. that's the second highest total ever. joining me now on the phone hartford mayor pedro segala. let's get the latest status on your city. how do things look outside now? >> it's still very sloppy. we've been concentrating on our major roads. those are the roads that basically provide access for our hospitals. we have three major hospitals in the city that service the whole region. so we've been trying to keep those clear for traffic to go through. but we still have a couple of people out that should be home. and are still driving around. it just slows up our operations. we've issued a no driving ban. the governor has also issued a state of emergency and a no driving ban. but we're hopeful that those people can get off the roads. it's just slowing things down. we need to get to our side roads. we have a lot of people that want to get dug out. the quickest we fini
Feb 8, 2013 9:00am EST
4,000 flights due to the storm. rehema ellis has more on that at laguardia airport. >> reporter: traffic is not nearly as heavy as it is here. look at this board. a lot of yellow. that's the color of the day. but there are a few lucky people. a flight to miami for 12:45 is still scheduled on time. but according to, 3,700 flights have been canceled across the country and hundreds of flights have been canceled here in the new york area here, the three airports here. busy morning as people tried to get out ahead of the storm. the good news is the airlines are waiving the cancellation fee. we're hearing that new york's area airports, the domestic carriers are probably going to shut down operation sometime between 2:00 and 5:00 this afternoon. it seems like most people got the memo that there's a storm under way as we are doing live television here. and they have stayed away from the airport here. there's not a lot of hustle and bustle as you would normally here. >> rehema, nothing rattles you. you could do that live shot in any condition. thanks, good to know. talk t
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